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Homes people can afford

A family washing up at the sink together

We all have the right to a home we can afford to live in, wherever we are.

We want everyone in the countryside to have a fair chance in life, whatever their circumstances. To make this a reality, we need to ensure there are enough low cost homes to rent or buy in our villages and market towns.

We’re working with local partners and urging the government to make sure communities get the homes they need to thrive.

The need for affordable housing has is often thought of as a particularly urban problem. However, CPRE research recently demonstrated that the number of households classed as homeless in rural towns and villages increased by 85% over the year from September 2018 – 2019.

The alarming rise in homelessness right across the country is a catastrophic demonstration of how government housing policies have failed society as a whole, and rural areas in particular.  CPRE regularly comments on housing applications here in Somerset and one of our main priorities is to ensure that they include the appropriate level of affordable housing.  Building new social housing is something we would like to see more of.